Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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Panel #274
PDS: Providing Services to Individuals With Severe Problem Behavior
Sunday, May 26, 2024
12:00 PM–12:50 PM
Convention Center, 100 Level, 103 A
Area: DDA/CSS; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Taylor Burnett (University of Houston-Clear Lake)
WAYNE W. FISHER (Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School)
PATRICIA F. KURTZ (Kennedy Krieger Institute)
HENRY S. ROANE (Upstate Medical University)

Within the field of behavior analysis there is an abundance of research on assessing and treating severe problem behavior, but a lack of application in clinical practice. ABA community providers have grown expansively, but many providers are unable to meet the needs of consumers that require intensive services to treat severe behavior. Lack of training, difficulty obtaining insurance authorization and reimbursement, and inadequate clinic structures or resources are some of the factors that impact this shortage. Recently, there has been widespread discussion regarding this substantial healthcare crisis for this vulnerable population. While these conversations are imperative in bringing light to this area of need, the dissemination of effective practices for individuals with severe problem behavior is a necessary step to remedy this scarcity. We must guide existing practitioners and assist with establishing new programs that address this need and improve outcomes for individuals who engage in severe problem behavior. This panel seeks to deliver guidance for current and future practitioners on the various service delivery models for individuals who engage in severe problem behavior to promote integration within the community.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): problem behavior, Professional development, service delivery



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